Friday, August 26, 2005

Profile of Deceit ; Administration Suppresses Racial Profiling Report


Record, The; Bergen County, N.J

FIRST A SNOOPITORIAL: Some of these black websites are just hammering this issue to death and I fail to understand why.
Being a Negro Yes, I have been pulled over by the police on several occasions (when it was NOT warranted, i.e. speeding, traffic violation). I have NEVER been treated unfairly (in terms of police conduct towards me). Why? Because I did not act like an idiot.
What fucken good is it to go into hysterics over WHY you were pulled over?
Conduct yourself in a courteous manner, respect dudes job and know his boundaries.
If you act nervous or act like an ass of course confrontations will result.
After a Super Bowl party (49ers Victory ALL DAY DRINKING) on the way home some young dudes in a sports car, cut me off and almost caused me to run into another car. When I caught up to them at the traffic light they gave me a fucked up look, flipped me off and took off. I being a hothead took off after them. I was in a Toyota Van so U know that chase did not last long. However a policeman who apparently noticed us caught up to me and pulled me over. The other car was long gone. I immediately got out of the car and told the officer point blank that I had been drinking, I had just come from a Super Bowl party, but I chasing after a car who cut me off, I had the license number ect. He told me to calm down and take a deep breath and I then went into more details.
Hell I smelled like alcohol, but the officer figured if I could recall that much detail I was relatively ok to drive. He asked how much further I had to go, I told him a couple of miles. So he said if you promise to go straight home all would be cool. (BTW, yes this was a white cop). When I got home, I called the department and told them to call the officer and thank him for his assistance.
My point is of course not all officers are assholes and racists. I believe we need racial profiling and it is necessary.
Stories like the one below are strictly partisan and anti-Bush B.S.
Are blacks and Mexicans pulled over more? YES! But frankly there was likely a pretty good reason why they got pulled over. Don’t give the police a reason to pull you over.
Where I lived in Oakland, we were the only black family upper middleclass hood. If some brothas were cruising our neighborhood, yes I’m thinking what the fuck are they doing around here? You don’t just “find” your way where we lived.
Black folks need to get over this shit and these black publications need to “get real”.



THE ARTICLE:
The Bush administration is once again displaying its penchant for distorting public information.

This time, it has pushed a respected Justice Department official from his post because he refused to play down the disturbing findings of a study on racial profiling.

The Bush people, you see, don't like unpleasant facts, especially on problems that the administration has absolutely no intention of addressing.

The unpleasantness here came from a major study by the Justice Department's statistics bureau.

As reported by The New York Times this week, the study found that police stop white, black and Hispanic motorists at about the same rate. But during the stops, officers use or threaten force against black and Hispanic drivers more often than against whites. They are also far more likely to slap Hispanics with tickets rather than give warnings.

And Hispanic motorists in the study either were personally searched or had their vehicles searched by officers 11.4 percent of the time. For blacks it was in 10.2 percent of stops. For whites - just 3.5 percent.

As deeply troubling as these statistics are, the police bias that they suggest is unfortunately no surprise. Evidence abounds that racial profiling in traffic stops around the country is common.

But when Lawrence Greenfeld, director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics, presented the report to his superiors, he was ordered to tone down its summary of findings.

He refused and was summoned to the White House, where personnel officials urged him to resign just six months before he was scheduled to retire with a full pension.

Ultimately, Mr. Greenfeld was instead demoted.

Administration officials never did announce the findings of this major study or share it with Congress.

Probably they were afraid of giving ammunition to civil liberties advocates who are rightfully questioning the use of racial profiling in terrorism investigations and law enforcement in general.


But controlling information is what this administration is good at.

Previously, administration officials changed wording in government reports to downplay the risks of global warming. And they have altered health Web sites to distort facts on the effectiveness of condoms in protecting against AIDS.

They never let truth get in the way. And who gets hurt, after all?

Just the public.